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Old 09-15-2004, 09:18 PM   #1
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Need FAQ/Guide on Dosing


Can one of you intelligent/experienced and very helpful people right a guide or FAQ about dosing and testing. I would like to see a listing of testing required, reccomended, optional and unnecessary. Also, see if you can include a range of generally accepted values as well as an idea of how to adjust it. You can also include some very common cues that the level might be a problem.

Format could be something like this:

Test name:
Testing is <required, reccomended, optional, unneccesary>
How is test accomplished <ie dipstick, dropper test, table etc>
Acceptable Values: <low to high>
Effects of low/high reading on tank: <ie fish zinging, plants melting>
Common Methods to adjust: <dose, water change, etc>

I have read so many posts about water chemistry that I really can't keep them all straight. This wouldn't even have to be things you test for. It could be any aspect of water chemistry. If nobody wants to compile I can but my limited knowledge of the subject would hinder me. I could post one thing at a time and get comments etc. I think this would be a VERY useful resource.
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Old 09-15-2004, 09:56 PM   #2
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Here you go TNG!

Try our own Rex Griggs' site:
http://www.rexgrigg.com/

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Chuck Gadd's site:
http://www.csd.net/%7Ecgadd/aqua/articles.htm

Two great sites!

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Old 09-15-2004, 11:58 PM   #3
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Oh man why did I know that my link was going to show up.

I don't list test methods since there are several methods that can be used for most tests. But I do have recommended levels of nutrients that "should" be present in a healthy planted tank.
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Old 09-16-2004, 12:23 AM   #4
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Hey thatnewguy. Yes there is a lot of water chemistry post here, but it really isn't that complicated. Most of them have to do with people's own specific algae and deficiency battles. I think as long as you start on the guidelines, you should be fine - and then adjust accordingly to how your plants respond or algae.

Chucks and Rex's FAQ are good places for some guidelines. Another great article is Tom Barr's Estimative Index ---> http://www.aquatic-plants.org/est_index1.html
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Old 09-16-2004, 01:04 AM   #5
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http://www.sfbaaps.com/reference/barr_02_01.shtml

what I did on my recent 20 gallon,
http://www.aquascapingjournals.com/j...llon_setup.htm
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Oh man why did I know that my link was going to show up.
Probably because that link is in the signature of each and every one of your 2392 posts (as of 9-15-04) and has been burned into my subconscious!

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Excellent links. Thanks for your help.

I need to order some more supplies. Anyone that thinks havign kids is expensive shoudl try raising aquatic plants!

btw Rex is one scarey looking dude!
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I guess I could change my .sig.......nah. I might as well go back to Plant Geek if I'm going to do that.
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